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Literary structure (chiasm, chiasmus) of Book of Sirach


List of Literary Structures


1-1 

2-1  2-2 

3-1  3-2  3-3 

4-1  4-2  4-3  4-4 

7-1  7-2  7-3  7-4  7-5  7-6  7-7 

List of Pericopes


Pericope1-12-12-23-13-23-34-14-24-34-47-17-27-37-47-57-67-7
1 Praise of wisdom(1:1-30)
2 Person who fear the LORD(2:1-18)
3 Commandments to the child(3:1-4:10)
4 Trust in wisdom(4:11-5:15)
5 Friendship(6:1-17)
6 Blessings of wisdom(6:18-37)
7 Avoid evils(7:1-8:7)
8 Wise man(8:8-9:18)
9 Rulers(10:1-27)
10 Wealth and poverty(10:28-11:28)
11 True friend(11:29-12:18)
12 Rich man and rulers(13:1-26)
13 Person who is happy(14:1-27)
14 Seeking wisdom(15:1-20)
15 Punishment of sinners(16:1-25)
16 The creation(16:26-17:24)
17 Judgement of the LORD(17:25-18:14)
18 Cautiously(18:15-19:3)
19 Against loose talk(19:4-30)
20 Gifts(20:1-32)
21 Wisdom and foolishness(21:1-22:26)
22 Prayer for help against sin(22:27-23:6)
23 Foul language(23:7-15)
24 Concerning sexual sins(23:16-28)
25 Praise of wisdom(24:1-34)
26 Good wife and evil wife(25:1-27:3)
27 Revelation of a secret(27:4-21)
28 Hypocrisy(27:22-28:7)
29 Backbiting(28:8-26)
30 Aid of neighbors(29:1-28)
31 Upbringing of a child(30:1-13)
32 Health and wealth(30:14-31:11)
33 Table etiquette(31:12-32:13)
34 Torah(32:14-33:6)
35 Believer and sinner(33:7-33)
36 Dreams and experiences(34:1-12)
37 Offerings(34:13-35:26)
38 A Prayer for God's people(36:1-17)
39 Concerning Advice(36:18-37:12)
40 Investigation of oneself(37:13-31)
41 Doctor(38:1-23)
42 Scholar(38:24-39:11)
43 The works of the LORD(39:12-35)
44 Hardships of life(40:1-17)
45 Concerning death(40:18-41:13)
46 Concerning Shame(41:14-42:14)
47 Creation of all things(42:15-43:33)
48 Ancestors(44:1-50:26)
49 Conclusion(50:27-29)


Citations of the Bible are from New American Bible and New Revised Standard Version